Ben Sasse revives Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act

Senator Ben Sasse, a Republican from Nebraska, has reintroduced legislation that would protect abortion survivors who are born alive.

In a statement, the Senator said that everyone loves babies and “this legislation is an opportunity for Congress to find consensus built on common sense, compassion, science, and a simple fact: every baby deserves a fighting chance at life. Providing care for newborns is more important than partisan political divides. Every baby has dignity – every baby deserves protection and love.”

The legislation mandates that “when an abortion results in the live birth of an infant, health care practitioners must exercise the same degree of professional skill and care to protect the newborn as would be offered to any other child born alive at the same gestational age.” It would also require the living baby be transported and admitted to a hospital after receiving the medical care at the abortion clinic.

The original bill was introduced in 2017 and penalizes abortion providers for failing to provide medical care consistent with the legislation. It does not punish mothers, however.

The bill reads,  “A woman who undergoes an abortion or attempted abortion may file a civil action for damages against an individual who violates this bill.” It also says any “health care practitioner or other employee who has knowledge of a failure to comply with these requirements must immediately report such failure to an appropriate law enforcement agency” and, “An individual who violates the provisions of this bill is subject to a criminal fine, up to five years in prison, or both.”

There are no Democratic lawmakers attached to the bill and it has been sent to committee for consideration, although most conservatives aren’t hopeful that it will pass.

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